April meeting - the 19th

04/19/2012 - 10:00

The April meeting will be Thursday, April 19 at the Dublin Public Library lower section. We'll start tying flies about 6, do some business about 7, then tie and talk some more till 8 or 8:30.
Come on down and join us!

Landlocked Salmon/Lake Trout season opener - April 1

04/01/2012 - 10:00
04/01/2012 - 10:59

This is from NH Fish and Game

CONCORD, N.H. -- Anglers are expected to be out in force on April 1 for the start of the open-water fishing season on landlocked salmon/lake trout-managed lakes in New Hampshire. After an exceptionally mild winter, there will be vast amounts of open water in the lakes region of New Hampshire for early season landlocked salmon anglers.

Because of the much-reduced snowpack, river flows should also be excellent for early April fishing. Fall netting results reveal a strong age-3 year-class of salmon, which will dominate the catch. "The mild winter kept ice-fishing pressure low, and this will likely translate to better opportunities for the open water angler," said N.H. Fish and Game Large Lakes Biologist Don Miller.

New Hampshire Fish and Game manages 15 lakes for landlocked salmon: Big Dan Hole Pond, First and Second Connecticut Lakes, Conway Lake, Lake Francis, Merrymeeting Lake, Newfound Lake, Ossipee Lake, Big and Little Squam Lakes, Sunapee Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam Lake, and Nubanusit Lake. Pleasant Lake in New London also is managed for landlocked salmon, but is classified as a trout pond, with a 2012 opening date of April 28.

Anglers should seek out high-flow areas in the Winnipesaukee River system, which drives the early season salmon fisheries in Winnipesaukee, Opechee, Winnisquam and Silver lakes, for a chance at “drop-down” salmon (and rainbow trout). Traditional areas include the Lakeport Dam/Opechee Lake, the Winnipesaukee River through Laconia to Dixon Point at Lake Winnisquam, and Lochmere Dam at Silver Lake. The Newfound River in Bristol offers great fly-fishing-only water that can often produce drop-down rainbows and salmon.

Additionally, several popular Winnipesaukee shore fishing locations exist at the Merrymeeting River (fly-fishing-only, barbless, catch and release), and the mouth of the Merrymeeting River as it enters Alton Bay, downstream of the famous stone arch bridge.

Other good sites to visit include the Weirs Channel in Laconia, Long Island Bridge in Moultonborough, Governors Island Bridge in Gilford, Smith River inlet at Wolfeboro Bay, and Meredith and Center Harbor town docks. At these locations, everything from smelt, shiners and worms under a slip bobber to small jigs will take salmon, as well as rainbow trout.

This time of year, salmon are successfully caught by trolling with everything from spoons (such as DB Smelt, Sutton, Mooselook, Top Gun, and Smelt Gun) to traditional streamer flies (for example, Maynard’s Marvel, Pumpkinhead, Mickey Finn, Joe’s Smelt, and the countless Grey Ghost variations), and an early season favorite, live smelt or shiners. Most early season fish are caught from the surface to about 15 feet down, with everything from planer board set-ups to the simplest of monofilament flat lines 50-150 feet behind the boat. When the wind kicks in, drifting live smelt or shiners in the waves can be highly effective. Since 2011, only single hooks for bait while trolling are allowed on certain salmon/lake trout lakes, including Squam, Newfound, Sunapee, Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam lakes. Please refer to the 2012 N.H. Freshwater Fishing Digest for a complete list of waters.

To ensure the future of high-quality landlocked salmon fisheries, anglers must take extra care when releasing salmon, as the percentage of hook-wounded fish continues to be a problem. Hook wounded/scarred fish are significantly shorter and poorer in body condition than non-hook-wounded counterparts of the same age. Using rubber nets and proper release techniques (for example, don’t “shake” fish off the hook) -- and releasing lightly hooked healthy salmon, while choosing to harvest previously hook-wounded fish – are ways to minimize the negative effects of hook wounding, thereby increasing the number of trophy salmon available in the future.

To that end, N.H. Fish and Game is encouraging anglers to take the Landlocked Salmon Anglers’ Pledge, a cooperative, volunteer effort to help sustain quality landlocked salmon fisheries in New Hampshire’s large lakes. Learn more at http://www.fishnh.com/Fishing/salmon_anglers_pledge.html

N.H. fishing licenses can be purchased online at http://www.fishnh.com, or from any Fish and Game license agent. Annual resident fishing licenses are $35. Resident one-day licenses are just $10. Annual nonresident fishing licenses are $53. One-, three- and seven-day nonresident licenses are also available.

Reel in lots more information on fishing in New Hampshire, from depth maps to tackle tips -- and download the 2012 N.H. Freshwater Fishing Digest -- at http://www.fishnh.com/pubs/fishing.html.

United Fly Tyers Meeting

01/05/2012 - 17:00
01/05/2012 - 17:59

The United Fly Tyers will be offering a multi-media presentation by Mr. Topher Browne, atlantic salmon fly tyer and author of the new, highly acclaimed book,Atlantic Salmon Magic, at their meeting at 7 pm on January 5th, 2012, in the Student Union of the Middlesex Community College just off of Rt. 128 and Rt. 3 in Bedford, MA. The public is invited and this should be a very entertaining evening for all.

Topher will be demonstrating the tying of his special tube flies for Atlantic salmon prior to his audio-visual presentation. He will also personally autograph copies of his book and have them available for sale. As usual, the United Fly Tyers will offer free fly tying lessons to anyone interested in learning the art as well.

Mr. Browne was formerly an Atlantic salmon fishing guide for a number of summers Quebec's Gaspe peninsula and is a spey casting instructor and author of a book on spey casting as well.

Doors open at 6:30 and for non members it is $10 at the door, members $5

Jim Norton will be teaching as well

Directions and a map to the meeting location are posted on the United Fly Tyers internet web site at www.unitedflytyers.org .

Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough, MA

01/20/2012 - 17:00
01/22/2012 - 17:59

The annual Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough, MA, will be Jan 20, 21, 22. We are looking into carpooling for this event. More information on the show can be found at:
Watch the website, here, and your email for more information

April Meeting

04/21/2011 - 09:00
04/21/2011 - 09:59

The April meeting will be Thursday, April 21, at the Dublin Public Library. Come early to tie some flies for the fly boxes that will be raffle prizes. So, come on down about 5:30. Then, at the regular meeting time of 7 pm, Rob Sullivan will be in to demonstrate and explain how he makes fly rods in the Peterborough Fly Rod Company. Rob is an accomplished fisherman and knows his stuff. His rods will be on dispaly and he is donating one for the members raffle!
We'll also have more Banquet news. Remember the Banquet is May 12 at Pappagallos in Keene. Doors open at 6. events start at 7. Check the menu on the left side on the web site for more information.
See you then!

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